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Three dead, four others injured in Nashville apartment shooting – The Tennessean

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The Metro Nashville Police Department is investigating a shooting that left three men dead and four other people injured inside an apartment in the 2800 block of Torbett Street on Nov. 26, 2021.

Nashville police Homicide Unit detectives are investigating the motive behind a Thanksgiving weekend shooting that left six members of the same family shot, two of them fatally.

In all, seven people were shot after gunfire broke out just after 9:45 p.m. Friday inside the family’s home on the 2800 block of Torbett Street near 28th Avenue North, the Metro Nashville Police Department reported.

Three people died in the shooting including teen brothers Tavarius Sherrell, 15, and Zacquez Sherrell, 18.

Wounded were their 40-year-old mother, two of their sisters, ages 16 and 20, and their 13-year-old brother. On Saturday, police said, they were expected to survive.

A third person, a 29-year-old man identified by police as Christian Akail Johnson, also died in the shooting.

The Metro Nashville Police Department is investigating a Nov. 27, 2021 shooting at a Torbett Street apartment that left four men dead.

Police said he is believed to be one of two suspects who entered the home and that robbery is being considered a motive in the gunfire.

According to the victims, Johnson and another unidentified person, knocked on the door and entered the apartment armed before shots rang out. The series of events following their entry remains under investigation, police said.  

Police spokeswoman Kris Mumford said the three people fatally shot were pronounced dead at the scene.

The other four people who suffered gunshot wounds were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center to be treated for non life-threatening injuries, Mumford said.

A preliminary investigation found no signs of forced entry at the home, detectives reported.

Police also said they recovered three guns from the home.

Metro Nashville Public Schools spokesman Sean Braisted said the brothers who died attended Pearl Cohn High Schools, but most recently attended W.A. Bass Alternative Learning Center and were in the 9th and 12th grades.

Their family’s apartment, inside a one-story brick quadplex, is in the city’s McKissack Park neighborhood about two miles west of downtown Nashville.

The residential dead-end street where the apartment sits consist of mostly older model homes and a handful of newly constructed builds.

The scene outside the home was quiet Saturday afternoon.

So far this year, 97 people have died as a result of criminal homicide in the city. At that same time last year, 95 people had been slain.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call 615-742-7463.

This is a developing story.

Natalie Neysa Alund is based in Nashville at The Tennessean and covers breaking news across the South for the USA TODAY Network. Reach her at nalund@tennessean.com and follow her on Twitter @nataliealund.

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